Christianity – Just Another Religion

Sometimes, we Christians can be very arrogant because we believe we automatically have Jesus. We equate our “Christianity” with the Truth of Jesus.  Jesus was not a “Christian” and I believe that our being arrogant is a major stumbling block for many people looking for the Answer.

Within the practice of Christianity are the differing cultures of the peoples who practice it, and different people have different cultural expressions. The danger in my opinion is when a certain group of folks believe that their way of practicing Christianity is superior to another group’s way of practicing it. Oftentimes in the Western world, we believe that our way is the only way!   We forget that our way is not even the way the people of the Bible times practiced Christianity.  For one thing, they didn’t have the King James version of the Bible, which many Americans feel is the undiluted voice of God speaking directly to us!   God predates the King James Bible, people! 

Anyway, in truth, many demonic things are happening right in the Christian church, (as well as other churches). This is not condemnation, but an acknowledgement of the truth. The devil and his cohorts roam this earth seeking whom they will destroy at all times, and without the power of Jesus, we have no defense against them. That is why seeking Jesus is of paramount importance. One must humble himself or herself in order to come to Him. One must become His disciple and it’s a life long journey. And it’s a beautiful journey that gets more beautiful the longer one remains on the road!

Because we are “Christians” does not automatically make us disciples of Jesus. We have to “take His yoke” upon ourselves and “learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly in heart”!  How foolish, then, to believe that because we “do church”, we have God and then can condemn those who we deem don’t.

After all, Jesus is not just for the Christian. He’s for the Atheist, the Agnostic, the Muslim, the Buddhist, the Jew, and any other person of any other “religion” who chooses Him over their religion and then humbles themselves before Him and seeks after Him with their whole hearts, minds, souls.  And that includes Christians too!

Blessings

(originally published 8/2009)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. lin says:

    Greetings Anna:

    The very idea of Jesus, the reality of Him, and the omni-religiosity of the man is a beautiful thing. Although he walked in human form, I doubt that any one of us could ever, or will ever live up to the goodness, the kindness, the fairness, the strength, or the forgiving nature of his Spirit.

    This is why it behooves us all, no matter our belief system, to study the life of this man, the sacrifices, the goodwill of this man, because, although we might ultimately fall short of his Light, it certainly would make us better people in every way in times of crisis, judgment or indecision, if we would simply ask ourselves: What Would Jesus Do?

    One.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hey Brother! Yes, Jesus was that perfect man, God incarnate, and without sin! He knows we can’t reach His level because He was and is God!

      But He expects us to chase after Him in all our ways and pick up His yoke and follow Him. He forgives us our weaknesses, and He looks at our heart–which is to say He looks at our true intentions–whether we are trying to do what’s right and failing, or whether we are KNOWINGLY doing the wrong and aren’t caring about pleasing Him.

  2. Tha L says:

    I was with you on this post, until the last paragraph. You say that Jesus is not just for Christians, he’s also for anyone of any other religion who will choose him over their beliefs. THATS where I have a problem, with all due respect. Just as your title reads, Christianity is just another religion. One of many, not the oldest, and in my opinion, not the best. But it so happens that almost every Christian I know is very quick to tell me to denounce MY religion and come to the “right way”, the way of Jesus. It sounds too much like you’re sayin “I’m right, you’re wrong…come to my side because my belief system is better than yours”. I can’t get with any religion like that.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hi Tha L! Yes, Jesus requires us to denounce everything else and follow Him! He’s demanding in that way. Because He is The Way, the Truth and the Life. Many people simply are not going to do that, and that’s their prerogative. Jesus wants us to follow Him, but it’s for us to decide to do so. For those who DO choose to do so, and Jesus allows us to make that decision on our own, those who follow Him will know Him in their spirit and all else will automatically fall by the wayside. It’s a hard choice.

      But as for Christianity–the culture of it, the church things that we do based on our denomination, that is just man’s religion.

  3. SLC says:

    Hi Anna,

    Following Jesus and following church are definitely two different things. One leads to eternal life and the other leads to church hopping.

    I’m a disciple of Jesus, but I really don’t like religious people; even those in the church. Religious traditions nullify God’s Word, or more specifically, “for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect]. Matthew 15:6 Amplified

    When those traditions include demeaning, despising, and disregarding, non Christians; it is evident those individuals are not disciples of Jesus.

    Thanks for your condolences sis.
    SLC

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hi Brother! I’m glad to see you back in the blogging game.

      As for Jesus, He’s a wonder!!! He’s so much more than a Christian, and if there was one thing He disliked intensely, it was overly religious people, such as the Pharisees and Saducees of the times when Jesus was here on earth.

      It was because they put their man made doctrines above God and exalted themselves as being holy when they lied, cheated and stole on a regular basis.

      Jesus called them hypocrites.

  4. Nikki says:

    Jesus was the Christ. And through him comes Christianity and Christianity becomes the only true religion. Without him no one will get to the father. I agree that Jesus is for anyone one as long as they are willing to put down their sins and choose Christianity as their religion.

    As for as the King James version goes many fail to understand that it is a English translation of the Bible. God doesn’t speak in thy and thou but instead it is the language of the translator and the culture at that time.

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